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Communication Tips During the Holidays

Many continue to enjoy Spring Break and family gatherings are commencing to celebrate the holiday and religious observances taking place. But for some, getting together for the holidays with family can be very stressful. Particularly if members haven’t seen each other in awhile, or perhaps situations occurred in the past that caused tension or discord, … Continue reading Communication Tips During the Holidays

Your Primary Care Physician and the Hospice Care Team: Partners in Caring

One of the important aspects of hospice care is the interdisciplinary team approach to providing services that focus on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients, as well as providing support and education for family members. The hospice interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained … Continue reading Your Primary Care Physician and the Hospice Care Team: Partners in Caring

In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Many think about grief as something that happens after a death – but grief often arrives with a variety of losses or impending loss, especially when one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.   At first, there may be shock or fear.  There may even be a curious calmness with the news.  But, once one begins … Continue reading In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Grief and the aftermath of the death of Robin Williams

News of Robin Williams’ death on August 11, 2014 has sparked a national focus on themes of depression, suicide, grief and loss. Although many did not know him personally, his career in acting, involvement in social causes and philanthropy touched the lives of millions around the world, as reflected in the outpouring of sadness and … Continue reading Grief and the aftermath of the death of Robin Williams

National Healthcare Decisions Day for Caregivers and Patients

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day and there has been much talk about having “the talk” with family, friends, physicians and healthcare professionals regarding healthcare decision-making. Healthcare providers across the country are joining together to empower Americans in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and their healthcare providers. Now is a great time … Continue reading National Healthcare Decisions Day for Caregivers and Patients